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Old 12-23-2004, 02:28 PM   #1
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the lovely recursive(-R) command

ok, stop laughing.

I ran the -R option with chmod on my /usr directory. No big deal in that everything works fine, except my 'system setting' options on the start menu. Basically the gui tools for adding user and group, printer, etc.

when i click on one of the tools i get 'insufficient rights'.

it seems as if the gui tools point to the /usr/sbin directory which has a link that points to /usr/share
and then each gui tool has its own folder in that directory, which I have access to since I ran:
 chmod a=rwx -R /usr

of course i can still use the shell tools for adding users, groups, etc, but it'd be nice to have the gui tools back without having to login as root.

any suggestions would be nice.
Old 12-23-2004, 03:08 PM   #2
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i thought I had searched this enough before posting, but i just found the fix on here so i'm good...

"ls -l /usr/sbin/userhelper

on my system the permissions are: rws - --x - --x

if it isn't like that, then try to open up your superuser filemanager. usually it's in kmenu > systems. navigate to /usr/sbin/userhelper and right click on the file and click the permissions tab. set the permissions for owner to read write, group to exec (could be enter) and other to exec (could be enter). then tick the box called Set UID which should be on the same line to the right of the owner's permissions."
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Re: the lovely recursive(-R) command

Originally posted by mikeghet
[B]ok, stop laughing.

 chmod a=rwx -R /usr
I'm not laughing mate, I'm weeping... that's insane.
There's a GOOD reason for Linux NOT giving a
normal user the power to run administrative commands.

I'm sure that gnome (I assume that's what you're using since
it's deadrat/fc's default) has an equivalent of kdesu ...

Changing the perms in the way you did is one of
the most stupid actions I've ever seen.

Old 12-23-2004, 03:46 PM   #4
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well geese, thanks for you honest opinion.

i used the wrong history command by pressing the up arrow keys and then added the -R to it(lazy)...i started thinking..why the heck is it taking a few seconds to process..yeah, that's when i screamed.

i was supposed to give access to a folder for my freeciv saved games folder...



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